|Holding Out Hope For A Mystery Seventh Entrant|
With the recent announcement of the brand split and forthcoming draft, word going around the internet right now is that there might be two WWE PPVs per month- one for Raw and one for Smack Down!- which is easy enough for WWE to do with The Network because even if they were $14.95 on your local cable provider people still wouldn't likely buy both, but to brag about it being part of The Network and making it worth more than the $9.99 price tag you pay seems like something WWE would do. And yet, I struggle with watching one WWE PPV a month so who knows what this might bring for me if true. Still, only one PPV this month, so onto the show!
Match One: Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
I'll likely still be at work when this match is on and thus will miss it since it is in the pre-show. I'll stick go for an Apollo Crews win though because why not. When the brand split comes, these two can go to different shows and the loss Sheamus takes now will be somewhat wiped away from history.
Match Two: Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
What will it take for this feud to finally end? Because I choose that option. Baron Corbin needs to face someone else and fast.
Match Three: Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
If this somehow leads to another Charlotte vs. Natalya match for the title then I'm not sure how to feel because I think that at this point even seeing Charlotte vs. Paige at Battleground would be better than yet another match with these two second generation women. Could Natalya turn on Becky Lynch and give her something of interest to do? Yeah, let's go with that. Natalya doesn't have to join Charlotte, she just doesn't have to be friends with Becky Lynch anymore.
Match Four: Rusev* vs. Titus O'Neil [United States Championship Match]
Rusev retains, rematch at Battleground likely, then a real contender comes forward for Summerslam. I'm going to say... Neville. This is too easy, WWE.
Match Five: New Day* vs. Vaudevillains vs. Enzo & Cass vs. Gallows & Anderson [Tag Team Titles Match]
Just when you think Gallows & Anderson are about to win, they're stopped by another team (out of nowhere!) and then New Day manages to retain. Gallows & Anderson say they can defeat New Day two-on-two so we have the three teams in this match without the titles in a triple threat match to see who gets a shot at Battleground and New Day just sits back and wonders whatever happened to The Dudleyz.
Match Six: John Cena vs. AJ Styles
This is hard because it's John Cena's first match back since his injury and yet AJ Styles needs this win after his recent losses to Roman Reigns. But, as we all know, WWE trumps all (whether it be NJPW or that company they won't name) and so I fully expect John Cena to win this one and maybe we'll see the best of three series like AJ Styles had with Chris Jericho. Who knows. Who cares. Let's just enjoy this match.
Match Seven: Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio [Money In The Bank Ladder Match]
Rather than tell you why I think Kevin Owens will win, I'll tell you why I think everyone else will lose. For starters, Alberto Del Rio is being booked as the only participant who has won this match before, which means "he's not winning it again". Chris Jericho is likely just here because Neville hasn't returned from injury yet, so I don't look for him to win this one. Dean Ambrose teased winning the MITB briefcase and cashing it in during the main event for The Shield triple threat, so that's not happening. Cesaro couldn't even win the IC Title in a feud with The Miz and Sami Zayn got his win for the week over Cesaro on Raw. So, Kevin Owens. Yes, Kevin Owens.
Match Eight: Roman Reigns* vs. Seth Rollins [WWE Championship Match]
I'd like to think something big is going to happen here, but it's not. If this match ends in a clean finish I'd be rather surprised, as I expect this won't be the only time these two face off against each other. This match has to give the Seth Rollins fans something to cheer about and those who hate Roman Reigns something to boo about, all while the title stays with Reigns. So yeah, no clean finish here and Roman retains until we can get to Reigns vs. Cena at SummerSlam.